- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
- Travel options
Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Locality & Walks
On this independent trekking holiday in the French and Italian Alps you’ll explore the spectacular and wild mountain scenery around Mont Viso, an imposing and relatively isolated peak rising to 3841m in the Piedmont, Italy. You’ll cross between France and Italy among varied mountain scenery, breath-taking panoramas and beautiful lakes. Don’t forget your binoculars, as there are a host of protected species in this beautiful part of the Alps including the famous alpine ibex, chamois, bearded vulture and golden eagle as well as many rare plants. In addition the Lanza Salamander is unique to the slopes around Mont Viso.
Your trek around Mont Viso is mainly through Italy but it starts and ends in the Queyras in France and then takes a circular trail through unspoilt, wild and rocky mountains at the foot of the rock walls surrounding Mont Viso. This spectacular peak is far removed from the crowds elsewhere in certain parts of the Alps and you'll stay in small and welcoming huts in superb isolated locations. This trekking holiday is ideal for those who like relatively high altitude walking, in high mountain landscapes, in a quiet and beautiful region of the Alps.
The walks on this independent trekking holiday are challenging due to the length and height gain of some of the walking days. Average days are about 6-7 hours long and include height gains of between 350m and 1250m. In addition, most walks will take place between 2000m and 3000m where the effects of altitude can be felt. A good level of fitness is required, and you should be comfortable on mountainous paths which are sometimes exposed and not always well marked. Walking experience in the mountains is necessary. You should be able to navigate in case of poor visibility, which can occur due to local low cloud in the Piedmont known as Nebbia. The difficulty of this holiday is increased due to carrying your own gear and some long days. Early in the season, ie in June, you could experience snow at some of the higher alpine passes and summits.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome in Queyras, France or transfer from Montdauphin-Guillestre train station to your gite.
Day 2: Queyras - Val Pellice (5 hrs 30, +1150m, -550m)
Climb to a pass on the Italian border where you'll have your first views of the mighty summit of Mont Viso. Descend into the wonderful Val Pellice via an old military track. Here, traditional alpine grazing or alpage still exists and they still make cheese at altitude. Climb a glacial moraine to reach Refuge Granéro by a lake which overlooks the valley.
Day 3: Val Pellice - Val Po (6 hrs, +1250m, -700m)
Accommodation & Meals
Your accommodation is in mountain huts or refuge (rifugio in Italian) and a gite at the start of the trekking holiday in the Alps. The huts in the Italian Piedmont are welcoming and have relatively small dormitories. On this trek they are in some great locations. You'll sleep in shared small dormitory style rooms. Many huts have showers (at your own cost). Dinner is taken in a dining room with other walkers in a convivial atmosphere and the surroundings are magical.
Your lunches are not included in the price. You can buy your lunches from your accommodation by ordering the evening before. Sometimes you can buy lunch at a hut along the trail.
|Rifugio Granero||Mountain hut||One of the oldest huts in the area located by a lake with great views|
Transfers between Mont Dauphin - Guillestre train station and the first accommodation and the return can be included in holiday price if required.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu via Lille or direct. From Lyon you'll need to take local train services to the Mont Dauphin - Guillestre station, changing at Grenoble. Some trains go direct to Guillestre from Grenoble, whilst others require a further change. The section between Grenoble and Guillestre takes a minimum of 3hrs. Recommended times if travelling all in one day: Leaving London at 9am arriving in Lyon 3pm. Leaving Lyon at 4pm and arriving at Mont Dauphin at 9pm (times approx). You can also take trains from Lyon to Valence and change at Valence going via Gap.
By Air and rail
Flights from the UK to Lyon St Exupery, then bus (Satobus) or tram to Lyon Part Dieu. Train then as detailed above.
Possibility to fly into other airports such as Marseille and then take the train from Marseille St Charles.
Please contact us for assistance in organising your travel arrangements
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Queyras takes about 12 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 50 euros each way. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.
Parking available at first accommodation.